Pittsburgh woman, 66, dies in bicycle accident

June 22, 2013

A 66-year-old Pittsburgh woman was killed June 21 when police say she tried to cross traffic at Route 1 near the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

Dorothy Brenner was riding a bicycle northbound on the shoulder when for unknown reasons, she tried to cross the northbound lanes diagonally toward a median crossover, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

A car travelling northbound in the right lane slowed suddenly and swerved to the left to avoid Brenner. A 2007 Chevrolet Panel Van driven by Craig C. Thomas, 53, of Lewes travelling behind the first car also swerved; however, the front of the van struck Brenner and her bicycle in the left lane, Shavack said.

Brenner was ejected from the bicycle onto the grass median; she was pronounced dead at the scene, Shavack said.

Thomas was properly restrained and not injured.

Shavack said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this incident.

Route 1 northbound and southbound were restricted to one lane of travel for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash.


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